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Recently, a local businessman said, "Lenoir-Rhyne is truly a jewel in 
Hickory's crown. Too bad we don't hear more about it." 
I bristled a bit, assuming he must be criticizing the job we do — or 
aren't doing. In fact, he probably didn't know I was the director of public 
relations, but merely stating a fact: the college has been an integral part of 
this community and of the synod for so long that we assume she will keep 
going whether we support her or not, whether we try to improve her or 
not, whether we care or not. 

Soon afterward, I received a call from City Hall. "Can you tell us how 
much L-R contributes to the local economy?" I verified the estimate — $60 
million a yean* Clearly, this college is a cultural and economic jewel many 
communities only wish they had. 

I relate both of these conversations to one I had recently with Lourdes 
Rodriguez, a parent from Florida, who shared stories about leaving Cuba, 
about the adjustments she and her family had to make and how she had a 
dream that her son could come to such a school as Lenoir-Rhyne. 
"Through much hard work, doors were opened for us," she said. 'Then 
when we came to Lenoir-Rhyne, we fell in love with it. It's one of the best." 

Just as the Rodriguezes were challenged and changed by a new world, 
Lenoir-Rhyne is constantly challenged by a changing world to keep being 
the best. Lenoir-Rhyne has just bid farewell to President Trainer and 
anticipates the arrival of President LaHurd in mid-July. Meanwhile, a 
search has begun to replace Chaplain Don Just, who has left with his wife, 
Helen, a psychology instructor, as she pursues her doctorate at the 
University of Texas. 

Across campus, John Huss '74, is settling in as our new director of 
alumni and parent relations. A former Army major, he has recently been 
active in the Columbia, S.C, alumni chapter. During this, like all summers, 
we will welcome some other new faculty and staff members. 

Of course people aren't the only changes. Recently, an agreement was 
reached to ease and encourage transfers from community colleges to L-R — 
a move, some say, was long overdue. 

This fall, we will introduce occupational therapy as a major, a program 
that has already created much interest. At the same time, CELICE (Center 
for English Language and International Cultural Exchange) will open near 
the Cromer Center, offering English as a second language to professionals 
and others, initially from Latin America. As they learn about us and we 
about them, their presence will make next semester even more exciting as 
L-R focuses on South America as part of our "Around the World in Eight 
Semesters" internationalization of the curriculum. 

Some faces are new, some programs are changing, but such change is 
essential if we are to remain vital — alive. At the same time, we must not 
forget the past. If we do look back honestly, we are reminded that Lenoir- 
Rhyne has endured a string of historic upheavals in her 103-year history: 
the Panic of '93, the 1918 flu, the Great Depression, polio epidemics, racial 
integration and six wars along with a variety of other lesser known personal 
and collective crises — to survive and flourish as one of the nation's best 
liberal arts colleges. . .Hickory's crown jewel. 

I am not an alumna nor am I a long-term staff member, but in my 18 
months here, I've learned Lenoir-Rhyne didn't happen by accident. This 
college, like all great institutions, has succeeded by staying true to herself 
and true to her faith. Holding on to these principles, her future is as bright 
as we choose to make it. 

Tammy Wilson, Editor 

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New president 4 

Dr. Ryan LaHurd "profiled" 

Florida flock 

"Orange" you glad they like L-R? 


Reeling in the worid 

CELICE sets up shop 



Proficient alumnus 9 

Thuesen retires 11 

Chaplain's farewell 12 

Tributes 13 

Admissions 15 

Class of '94 16 

SUMMER 1994 

Man on the moon 18 

Rules of the game 19 

Barnes' big break 20 

BearTracks 21 

Class notes 25 


SUMMER 1994 


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© Copyright 1994 by Lenoir-Rhyne 
College, Hickory, N.C. Lenoir- 
Rhyne, founded in 1891, is a private 
liberal arts institution affiliated with 
the North Carolina Synod of the 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in 
America. This publication is 
designed to inform alumni, parents, 
faculty, staff and friends about 
accomplishments, personalities, 
activities and events at the college. 


Florida students standing (from left): 
Stephanie Mowery, Kevin Downing, 
Kate MacKinnon, Andrea Lutze. 
Kneeling: Given Smith, Bill Spedding. 
Seated: Casey Tribble, Levi Brown, 
Emily Nettnin, Gennie Haring. Front: 
Mike Powers. 

New President 
Ryan LaHurd 

What makes this man tick? 

He collects art and listens to 

He travels and cooks 
international foods. 

And he has worked as a 
restaurant cook, a construction 
worker and an ambulance driver. 

His name is Dr. Ryan LaHurd, 
and if he sounds like an exceptional 
person, you've got the right idea. 
LaHurd, 48, was chosen May 24 as 
Lenoir-Rhyne's 10th president, the 
first Baby Boomer president the 
college has ever had. And he 
reflects his generation to a tee: 
idealistic, progressive, open. 

"My generation," he says, 
"believed things could be better for 
all the people of the country and the 
world if we worked together in 
goodwill." While those goals are yet 
to be realized, he says he is still 
inspired by people who fight for 
what they believe in. 

LaHurd will tell you his greatest 
strength is helping people come 
together to solve problems and get 
things done. "I'm a good listener 
and I'm accepting of differences," he 

What upsets him? 

"A situation in which people are 
not willing to meet or work with me," 
he says quickly. "It's such a waste of 
human effort to build up walls rather 
than bridges. Even in the most 
difficult of situations, I have not 
found a person I could not work with 
if he or she was willing to be open to 
a relationship." 

His resume shows he has 
"walked the walk". He has lived in 
West Germany, Yemen and Syria on 
Fulbright Fellowships, but he hasn't 
always been the bearded professor; 
he has lived in the real world, too. 

"Living overseas, I have learned 
that there are very few 'things' one 
needs to live a happy life. You can 
get along quite well without a car, 
telephone, TV, washing machine and 
daily newspaper," he says. "People 
are basically very similar and have 
similar values. Our fear of them is 
almost always based on ignorance." 

He adds, "It is very hard to hate 
a people once you have met them." 

Likewise, it's hard not to like 
LaHurd once you've met him. His 
candor and sincerity bubble forth 

from one who has done a lot of 
things, been a lot of places and met a 
lot of people. 

Born April 16, 1946 in Akron, 
Ohio, he was the eldest of four sons 
of Daniel LaHurd, a restaurateur, and 
wife, Madeline. In high school, he 
worked as a cook in the family 
business, which later developed his 
interest in cooking, particularly local 
cuisine in the many places he has 

In his leisure time, LaHurd 
prefers individual sports. "Growing 
up with astigmatism and very bad 
hand-eye coordination, I was a 
complete loser in most normal team 
sports," he admits, though he is an 
avid skier, runner and cyclist. 

"Competitive kinds of things are 
stress-creators for me," he explains. 

After completing his bachelor's 
degree at Mt. Carmel College in 
Ontario, he was between his master's 
program at the University of Chicago 
and his doctoral studies at University 
of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969, in 
Ohio during the summer of 
Woodstock and Neil Armstrong. 

As a construction worker that 

SUMMER 1994 


summer, he became engaged to his 
wife, Carol, over the July 4 weekend. 

"All the other events that 
summer paled by comparison," he 
recalls. The couple married that 
September. He later earned a 
doctorate in English, while she 
earned hers in Biblical studies. 
Their two children had arrived by 
the time LaHurd had completed his 
assistant professorship at Allentown 
College in Pennsylvania. 

Since then, he has held 
professorships at Thiel College and 
Augsburg, where he left as vice 
president for academic affairs and 
dean of the college at that ELCA 
institution. He thinks his presidency 
here was no "accident." 

He wasn't looking for the job; it 
came knocking earlier this year 
when the search committee and the 
ELCA contacted him. 

"I was told the job was suitable 
for me by people whose opinions I 
trust," LaHurd says. 

"I think that the presidency is a 
calling in that I believe God gives 
people talents, interests and abilities 
which can make contributions to the 
community. I accepted this job with 
a genuine sense of humility," LaHurd 
says. "I believe God was calling me 
to this place, and my faith tells me 
God will assist me with the task 
before me." 

LaHurd's faith has been acted 
out on a variety of ways including 
various leadership roles within the 
church including president of the 
Lutherans of Arab and Middle 
Eastern Heritage of the ELCA and 
member of the Board of Directors of 
Lutheran Theological Seminary in 
Gettysburg. He has also been active 
in the Red Cross, Humanities 


Dr. Ryan LaHurd (right) is introduced May 24 to faculty and staff hy the Rev. Dr William 
Milholland (center), chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr Robert Spuller, acting president, 
looks on. 

Commission and a variety of cultural 
and political education groups. 

Likewise, LaHurd says his wife 
will offer much to L-R and to 

"She has been a very active 
volunteer and is a superb speaker," 
he says. "Most Sundays, she has 
been in congregations helping 
people understand the Bible better 
or understand Islam and its 
relationship to Christianity." The fact 
that she is a professional woman, 
wife and mother should allow her to 
serve as a role model to students, he 
points out. 

Dr. Carol Schertsen LaHurd will 
be absent during much of her 
husband's first year due to her 
professorship at the University of St. 
Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., but 
LaHurd doesn't see it as a problem. 

"It is quite wonderful that people 
have appreciated the gifts Alice 
Trainer brought to her role at L-R 
and in the community, and it must be 

Y believe God was calling me to this 
place y and my faith tells me God will 
assist me with the task before me. " 

hard for people to imagine how any 
other arrangement could be 
positive," he said, noting, however, 
that "I think many people will have 
the opportunity to meet and get to 
know Carol during the next year 
because she will visit often. I am 
confident they will come to see that a 
different style can be good also." 

Their son, Jeremy, is a '94 
graduate of Earlham College in 
Indiana; daughter Kristin is a rising 
sophomore at Macalester College in 
Minnesota. Every summer the 
LaHurds spend a week on Long 
Beach, N.C., near Wilmington. 

"It's a chance for our family to 
get together with my wife's family. 
The beach is a great place for kids, 
and we rent a big house that fits all 
17 of us," LaHurd says. 'The lack of 
a boardwalk and other distractions 
means we enjoy nature and each 

Taking the time to build 
relationships and bridges are the 
essence of Ryan LaHurd. 

"I have learned that 
communication takes effort. It's 
easier to see when you are 
struggling in a foreign language or 
trying to see another's viewpoint; the 
issues are the same when you share 
the same language." 

SUMMER 1994 


Floridians flock to Lenoir^Rhyne 

T ust as sure as the crape myrtles bloom each August, 
I young Floridians pack their bags, computers and CD 
f players and flock up 1-95. Clicking off the mile 
markers for Cape Canaveral, Daytona and St. Augustine, 
they eagerly trade surf and sand — and crowded state 
universities — for higher education in North Carolina. 

A good many of them wind up at Lenoir-Rhyne. The 
result: Floridians make up one-fifth of the student body — 
our largest out-of-state group. 

Part of the shift reflects a marketing strategy to 
recruit more geographic diversity. But there are other 
factors as well, including cost. L-R's price tag of $14,610 
may look high compared to North Carolina state schools, 
but it looks very attractive compared to the $21,000 or so 
charged for tuition, fees and room and board at Lutheran 
colleges like Gettysburg and Muhlenburg, for example. 

To a price-shopping Floridian, Lenoir-Rhyne is more 
affordable than most other private colleges and is much 
closer to home. 

L-R's size is welcoming, too. In Florida, where private 
schools are few and far between, Lenoir-Rhyne is one of 
the first liberal arts colleges they find on a trek up the 
Eastern seaboard. 

The area's beauty and climate don't hurt, either. 
Many in search of four seasons and a slower pace 
find Hickory just the ticket. Though no longer 
a "Mayberry" kind of place, the lifestyle is a bit 
slower than what many are used to. Add to 
that the appeal of the climate and proximity to 
mountain scenery, and the place looks even 

According to Laurie Dunton Brill 
'87, L-R's admissions representative 
in Florida for the past seven years, 
the small college experience 
itself is a big seller: the friendly 
campus, small classes, 
accessible professors. She also 
sells the area. 

"Hickory is a neat place, and it's 
only 45 minutes from the ski 
slopes. Those are definite 
pluses for us," she says. 
Many Floridians already 
know the Carolinas' 
appeal from 
vacations or 
summer camp. 
Some have 
special memories 

of parents' or relatives' summer homes in the mountains. 
They want to relive those times. 

Brill has crisscrossed the state for 15 weeks annually, 
putting 9,000 miles on her car each year. Though she has 
never lived there herself, she knows the peninsula better 
than many natives. 

"Briir'iant connections 

"I really like the people; they're very diverse. The 
students are different; they're more individualistic than in 
other parts of the country because many have lived in 
other areas. They perceive North Carolina as a safe, 
comfortable place to be for four years." That's as 
important as ever, considering the recent wave of crimes 
against tourists that has clouded the Sunshine State. 

"Some of the students have seen this area from 
vacations or they've gone to camp at Lutheridge or 
Lutherock. And they know it's relatively safe and that 
they can drive up here in a day." It's far enough away, but 
not too far. 

Just as Brill has fallen in love with Florida, the 
Floridians have taken to her. 

SUMMER 1994 


Laurie Brill 

"I feel I can call Laurie at any hour and ask questions 
and get answers," says Rosemary Leathers, a guidance 
counselor at Brandon High School. As one of L-R's most 
ardent supporters, she has sent numerous students to 
Hickory over the years. 

"Laurie and people like her at Lenoir-Rhyne take a 
personal interest in students. They want a smaller school 
and don't have many to choose from. Lenoir-Rhyne has 
everything for them: athletics, music and a good 
scholastic reputation." 

One of Mrs. Leathers' 
former counselees is Gwen 
Smith, a rising junior 
majoring in music and 

"I liked the idea of 
attending a small, church- 
related school," says Smith. 
Her mother had attended 
Muhlenburg, but although 
the scholarship was the 
main reason she says she 
chose Lenoir-Rhyne, the 
campus visit sold her. 

"I instinctively felt at 
home." Smith says. "There are all kinds of things to do — 
cultural, social, leadership programs. Lenoir-Rhyne is the 

Her parents agree. 

ApproachaDie professors 

'The school is a great fit," says Gwen's father. Bob, a 
contractor in Brandon. "And, Laurie Brill is good at what 
she does. But what impressed me was the campus itself. 
Seeing kids run up to professors and say hi, that kind of 
camaraderie you don't see at other schools. The 
professors want to help students; they're approachable." 

Gwen's mother, Bonnie, agrees, noting that former 
L-R music professor Dr. Jill Dawe helped Gwen find ways 

to cope with tendonitis her 
freshman year. Gwen, who 
plays piano, benefited from 
Dawe's research and experience 
in dealing with the problem. 

"I'm not sure you would find 
that kind of concern from 
professors at other colleges," 
Mrs. Smith says, adding that 
current instructor, Ying Ying 
Liu, has also been very 

Lourdes Rodriguez, is 
another Florida parent who 

sings praises of Lenoir-Rhyne. 

Lourdes Rodriguez 

Her son, Alain, is also a rising junior at I^R and plays 
baseball for the Bears. 

Rodriguez, who resides in Tampa, says, "At Lenoir- 
Rhyne, the number one concern is studies. Sports are OK 
but they come second. Even the coach told my son, 
'Don't come to practice if you have to study.'" L-R's 
priorities are in the right place, she believes. 

"Lenoir-Rhyne is one of the best colleges. Small 
enough for the people to be really friendly and caring." 

Floridian influence 

At the same time, Floridians have left their mark on 

"We add diversity," says Gennie Haring of Port 
Orange, a community near Daytona. After three years, 
the junior communication major is president of Delta Zeta 
sorority and cheerleading captain. She knows the campus 
well, and says it attracts her fellow Floridians not only for 
its scenic appeal, but also its change of pace. 

"Hickory is more conservative than most of Florida. 
Down there it's more casual, people dress differently and 
of course our (speech) accents are different." For L-R 
students, finding a Florida friend usually means a 
companion to bring home for fall break, but more 
importantly, a place to go come spring. 

Rosemary Leathers (left) and Gwen Smith 

"We bring (students) down by the truckload for 
spring break," laughs Haring. 

Haring says she happened onto L-R by luck. "I was 
going to a college night and a friend asked me to go along 
on a college night. I had applied to the University of 
Florida and FSU, but I liked the L-R presenter (Brill)." A 
visit to the campus had Haring hooked. 

"I can't put my finger on it, but the atmosphere is 
different here. People are definitely friendlier." 

One couple that's definitely sold on Lenoir-Rhyne are 
the Henches of Lake Mary. They have not one, but two 
students at L-R — a son, Dan, and a daughter, Jennifer. 
Like other parents, they were attracted by the personal 

Continued on page 8 

SUMMER 1994 

Parents Joanne and Craig Hench 


Floridians flock to Lenoir-Rhyne 

Continued from page 7 

touch, particularly with their children 10 hours away. 
"Everybody knows everybody; the kids up there 
look out for one another," says Joanne. 'True, we can't be 
there for everything like concerts and intramurals, but we 
don't worry. We know they're in good hands." 

Adds Mrs. Hench, "I wish I could go back to college 
so I could attend Lenoir-Rhyne. Times have changed and 
you need to know there is a caring place to send your 
kids." Craig, a graduate of Loyola in Baltimore, likes the 
religious connection and the opportunities the school 

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"I remember asking Jennifer, who had a choice of 
attending Florida State with no debts as opposed to going 
to Lenoir-Rhyne, where she will need to pay off some 
substantial loans once she's out. She chose L-R. There 
are so many more chances for leadership opportunities 
for both Jennifer and her brother Dan. Becoming 
president of an organization, being in Model U.N. (a 
leadership program). Those are things you can't easily do 

at a big state school." 
Another parent 

who appreciates the 

religious ties is the Rev. 

Paul Lutze. Assistant to 

the Bishop of the 


Synod, his daughter, 

Andrea, has just 

completed her 

sophomore year. 

Lutze also points to 

the absence of a 

Lutheran college in his 


"If a student is 

looking for a Lutheran 

education, he or she 
must look out of state. The closest ones are Newberry 
and Lenoir-Rhyne, he says. Though his synod actively 
supports Newberry College, Lutze is very pleased with 

"Our daughter has been challenged effectively," he 
says. "As a student, you have to ask questions. You have 
to find a sense of personal importance. She has found 
that at L-R." 

1 wish I could go back to 
college so I could attend 
Lenoir-Rhyne, " 

Joanne Hench 
Lake Mary, Fla. 

Rev. Paul Lutze 

Parents Bonnie and Bob Smith 

SUMMER 1994 

P R F L E 

Put to the test 

Jim Clark claims L-R proficiency record 

If you ask Jim Clark what he 
remembers most about Lenoir- 
Rhyne, he'll probably say two 
things — tests and bowling, not 
necessarily in that order. 

Now assistant executive editor 
of the Orlando Sentinel, Clark 75 
claims the school record for credit 
hours earned in the shortest time: 
91 in 10 months. 

Clark, who describes himself as 
"a nontraditional student before it 
was fashionable," says he was eager 
to graduate and get on with life. 

But how did he do it so quickly? 

"I spent a lot of time in the back 
room in Lineberger testing out of 
courses," he says. 

That's where the bowling story 
comes in, sort of. 

Helpful as L-R people are, no 
one had pointed out that he lacked 
an hour of physical education 
required to graduate. 

"There I was, on Aug. 13 — two 
days before graduation, asking the 
athletic director what I could test 
out of," Clark says. 

The answer: earn an hour for 
bowling by completing 30 games. 
Undaunted, Clark rented an alley at 
Colonial Lanes and began his 

"I had to show them I could 
keep score and had actually bowled 
that many games. After about five 
hours, I was doing everything to get 
the ball down the lane — using my 
left hand, my foot, anything. I was 
getting a lot of odd looks, but it was 
either that or not graduate." 

Clark's mission for a degree 
actually began years earlier at the 
University of Pittsburgh. 
Eventually, he dropped out to work 
as a wire service reporter. That 

practical experience taught him a 
great deal, but without a degree, he 
had few chances to move up. 

As luck would have it, Clark 
wound up in Charlotte's Associated 
Press office with Eddie Bradford '67 
of Hickory. The two formed a fast 
friendship, and after Bradford 
became editor at the Hickory Daily 
Record, he suggested Clark finish 
his degree at Lenoir-Rhyne. To 
sweeten the deal, he offered a 
reporting job at the Record. Clark 
took him up on it. 

Bradford, now president of 
Bradford Communications in 
Hickory, says "Jim has always been 
a very good writer and a sharp guy. 
I remember him coming in after 
class, attending a board of 
education meeting, coming back 
around 10:30 to write the copy and 
leaving the office around 2 a.m. 
He'd be back in class by 8. 

'That says a lot," Bradford adds, 
"especially for someone taking an 
extremely heavy load of classes." 

Clark has fond memories of 
that time. 

"Everyone was really helpful," 
he says. "Especially (Dr. ) Carolyn 
Huff. I majored in history, and 
she's really the one who helped 
instill the love of history. That, and 

"It's not hard to remember 
him," Huff says. "He was a very 
good student and took the time to 
stop by and get acquainted. Yes, I 
played chess back then, but what I 
remember about Jim is that he 
really is what you would call a 
renaissance person. He knew a lot 
already and had a natural curiosity." 

Clark has definitely put his love 
of history to use. He has already 
authored three books including The 
Murder of James A. Garfield, Faded 
Glory and Last Train South, an 
account of the closing days of the 
Confederacy, and is completing his 
fourth book — one about Florida 
politics. He also writes a history 
column and edits the Florida 
Historical Quarterly. 

He's no academic slouch, either. 
Though not an honor student at L-R, 
he has since distinguished himself 
with an M.A. degree from Stetson 
University and is working toward a 
Ph.D. in history at the University of 

But does Clark really hold L-R's 
proficiency record? 

Probably. His records, verified 
by Linda Tyrone in the registrar's 
office, show Clark transferred 37 
hours, earned 31 in residence and 
tested out of 60. 


Says Tyrone, "I'll put it to you 
this way: I've never seen a 
transcript like this one." 

SUMMER 1994 


Reeling in the world 

In the next 10 years, demographers say, most Americans 
will be from what we now call "minority" groups — ^African 
Americans, Asian Americans, Native Ainericans, Arab 
Americans and Hispanic Americans. 

Even in Catawba County, at least 15 companies are owned 
by investors from five different nations. In the Hickory Metro 
area (Alexander, Burke, Catawba and Caldwell) , many 
immigrants from Vietnamese Hmong to Romanians have 
settled bringing their languages and traditions with them. 
According to the 1990 census, some 7,000 Hickory Metro 
area residents spoke a language other than English in the 

As the landscape of the United States becomes more 
multicultural, institutions such as Lenoir-Rhyne must change 
to offer a product in step with the rest of the world. 

To that end, L-R has established the Center for English 
Language and International Culture Exchange (CELICE) to 
support international students as well as coordinate services 
and a cultural immersion for both the international students 
and for L-R's more traditional population. 

Directed by Dr. Marion Love, CELICE will be 
headquartered in a house located beside the Cromer Center, 
but as Love explains, it's less a location than an attitude. 

"With CELICE, Lenoir-Rhyne is making an investment in 
its future," explains Love. "We are attempting to recognize 
where this geographical area fits into the global picture. We 
have several different industries in the Catawba Valley which 
are foreign-owned, and we have a lot of people in the area 
who are foreign-born. People need to open their eyes — or 
their ears." 

Love will serve as the center's administrative director 
while Dr. Gabriele Weinberger will serve as director of 
volunteer services. Lynda Kirby will serve as director of 
activities and scheduling. A fourth person, yet to be named, 
will direct cross-cultural programming. 

CELICE is really a formalization of what L-R has already 
been doing, explains Love. Last fall, L-R began its 
internationalization of the curriculum with Around the World 


Around the world at L-R 


• Each fall, students and professors attend Harlaxton College in 
Grantham, England. 

• L-R is a member of the College Consortium for International 
Studies which enables students to study at more than 26 
universities in 17 countries. 

• Every summer. Vice President and Dean of Students Dr. Ed 
Lewis takes students to Latin America to build homes and 

• In the 1992-93 academic year, L-R along with the Paladin 
Theatre/ Russian Academy of Theatre Arts of Moscow entered a 
cultural exchange with L-R. More visits are expected in the future. 

• In the 1993-94 academic year, L-R enrolled students from nine 
nations. The faculty is also international with members from 
China, Ireland, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Ukraine and 

• Students receive scholarships every year to practice language 
skills abroad. 

V sk 

At the International House (from left): Dr Gabriele Weinberger, 
Lynda Kirby, Dr Marion Love. 

in Eight Semesters providing cultural experiences, academics 
and convocations with a global perspective. 1993-94 focused 
on Africa and the Middle East. In the 1994-95 academic year, 
L-R turns to the Americas. 

L-R offers an international business major coupling 
business principles with a language. In addition, cultural and 
artistic themes are explored through L-R's international film 
series, the Cinematheque, which is open to campus as well as 
community members. L-R is also host to a number of foreign- 
born students yearly, and has been sending students to study 
and to work abroad in various capacities for many years. 

CELICE will open this fall with an eight-week English as 
a second language program. Initially aimed at students with 
intermediate English language skills, ESL will offer language 
training as well as a cultural underpinning outside the 

CELICE students will be able to participate in cultural 
tours as well as interact with Americans in social and business 
settings. Through involvement with host families, 
professional tutorials and on-site career visits, international 
students enrolled in the program will be informed about U.S. 
life, culture and economics. 

Next year, CELICE programming will be extended to 
help get internationals with more beginning English language 
skills up to speed. From these. Love expects to see more 
traditional age students who may wind up attending L-R for a 
year or a full four- year program. 

But more than just ESL, CELICE would provide a forum 
for international students on campus, support for such 
matters as visas and immigration documentation and a 
resource for foreign-born citizens in the area. 

"Americans have never really come to grips with the 
language problem," says Love. "The rest of the world may 
view English as the language of commerce. But that means 
internationals are at an advantage because they know another 

"We do our students a disservice to not have an 
international focus because we're not preparing them for the 
next century," she says. "We may benefit more than the 
internationals with CELICE." 


SUMMER 1994 


bids farewell 

Tooking back on his 27-year 
career, Ted Thuesen says his 
most significant L-R memory 
centers on his first year. 

In 1967-68, the sociology professor 
met a new librarian, Mary Wise '59. 
Before the academic year was up, she 
was his bride. 

"We were quite an item," he says 
now, with a grin. "We met in the 
cafeteria where some of the single 
teachers ate. I realized very soon she 
was who I wanted to marry." They 
were wed in May 1968. 

A native of Iowa, Thuesen had 
moved to Hickory from Washington 
state for the teaching position for what 
he thought would be a couple of years. 

"I really liked the Pacific 
Northwest," he says. "I just thought I 
would stay here a few years and move 
back." Behind his desk, beside a 
window, Thuesen keeps a picture of a 
glorious snow-topped mountain; 
beneath it lies a lake. 

'That was what I could look at 
every day when I taught at Pacific 
Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.," 
he says. "It was a going-away gift from 
my colleagues there." 

But Hickory quickly became home 
and is where he will retire. "I was really 
impressed with how warmly I was 
made to feel when I came here," he 

His wife had strong ties to the area. 
She came to Lenoir-Rhyne from 
Salisbury, the daughter of a Lutheran 

The two raised their family here. 
Although their first child, Erik, died 

SUMMER 1994 

Dr. Ted Thuesen 

shortly after birth, the two now are 
proud parents of two successful young 
adults. Son Peter is now a doctoral 
student at Princeton University 
studying religion, while daughter, 
Sarah, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a 
Phi Beta Kappa double-majoring in 
history and biology. 

During his tenure at L-R, Thuesen 
became a favorite of students. His 
Marriage and the Family course is one 
of the most popular, due in part to 
Thuesen's sincerity. 

"I've tried over the years to make a 
more practical course," he says. Bear 
in mind, when he joined the faculty, the 
divorce rate was quite low. Today, 
many students have watched their own 
families break apart. Thuesen's course 
became a bridge for many students 
who may have a cynical view of 

"I focus on the practical issues by 
talking about problems people face," he 

Whether teaching in the classroom, 
listening to students' and colleagues' 
troubles or preaching in the parish as a 

T Te was always 
J. A there to lend a 
hand or a sympathetic 

supply pastor in the N.C. Synod, 
Thuesen has touched many lives. 

"I think Ted is a real model in his 
concern for students and in his 
genuineness in his approach to them," 
says Dr. David Ludwig, chairperson of 
the psychology and sociology 
departments. " He constantly gets very, 
very high student evaluation. 

"He's a professor who has devoted 
his life to his students," continues 
Ludwig. "He's been very much a model 
for all the professors. He exemplifies all 
that we are, that is, our dedication to 
the student." 

Through the years, he's earned the 
moniker "Hall Monitor" through his 
genial demeanor and accessibility. He's 
always there to lend a hand or a 
sympathetic ear. 

"He's the guy who keeps us all in 
line," says Dr. Harold Haas, professor 
of psychology and friend. "I think his 
knowledge and wisdom even shows in 
his family life. He's going to be missed 
by his colleagues who have great 
respect for his integrity and caring 

Last year, Thuesen was honored as 
a Servant of Christ for his devotion to 
Christian ideals by the Campus 
Ministries Forum. In 1981, Thuesen 
was honored with the Bost 
Distinguished Professor Award, the 
highest honor given a faculty member. 

Thuesen plans to keep busy in 
retirement by reading, walking and 
traveling. He plans to pursue his dream 
to take his wife to Denmark. A 
descendent of Danish immigrants, 
Thuesen still has family there. 



An accomplished pilot, Just says his 
plans are up in the air. 

Chaplain reflects on 11 years at L-R 

Woodworker, pilot, volunteer, 
Vietnam veteran, teacher and 
preacher. All of these describe Dr. 
Donald Just, chaplain at Lenoir-Rhyne 
for the past 11 years. 

This August, he plans to relocate to 
Austin, Texas, where his wife Helen, an 
instructor in psychology, plans to 
pursue her doctorate at the University 
of Texas. Right now he has no definite 

An eight-member search 
committee headed by Acting President 
Dr. Robert SpuUer has been convened 
to name L-R's fifth chaplain. Just plans 
to leave before fall semester. 

A visit to Padre's office (as he is 
affectionately known on campus) will 
find Just sitting comfortably behind a 
desk dressed in khakis and a casual 
shirt — no clerical collar. In his office, 
you see the hand-crafted wood cross, 
and the evidence of his craft work, a 
missing knuckle on his left forefinger. 

His woodworking gives him 
patience and helps him focus. 

"At times, thaf s really important 
prayer time for me," Just says. "It's 
creative and requires patience. Thaf s 
the farm boy in me. I need to handle 
something of the earth, the dirt, the 
organic, the good." 

Plain and simple is how Just sees 
himself. A man with an alphabet soup 
of degree titles behind his name — ^A.A., 
B.A., M. Div, M.Ed, and Ph.D.— Just 
doesn't let that get in the way of talking 
to anyone from the college president to 

the homeless. As a native 
Midwesterner, he stubbornly avoids 
pretense. What you see is what you 

"I think that's particularly 
important when you are 
communicating the Gospel," he says. 
"Are you sure enough about this 
promise that you can articulate it with 
sincerity? When you're sitting with 
someone who's dying and they ask if 
you're sure, you have to believe it." 

At L-R, he's been the voice of 
conscience which has sometimes 
caused him to butt heads with others. 
One of his pet issues is the Greek 

"I look around me and I see all 
these efforts at identities, shirts, hats 
and all. I think to myself if you really 
want to be something, realize you are 
one of God's children. Now thaf s 
staying power." 

Not one to be idle, Just has led a 
successful convocation and forum 
series, helped establish Pathway 
retreats, taken students to Adanta and 
Washington to work with the homeless, 
built houses in Latin America, served 
faithfully on the board of the Family 
Care Center in Hickory and served on 
the President's Cabinet; if students are 
involved, you can bet Just will be there 
as spiritual leader. 

Says Dr. Ed Lewis, vice president 
and dean for student life, "He has loved 
and nurtured this place to the utmost 
of his strength." 

At L-R, Just has pursued his dream. 
The result was Pathway retreat 
weekend focusing on spiritual renewal. 
They were first started in the fall of 
1991, and are now held once a 
semester. This spring. Pathway 
extended its reach to students from six 
other colleges. 

"I think the most gratifying thing is 
to hear students say it was life- 
changing," he says. "A good many of 
them have gone on to seminary, to 
mission work or other service 

He also has taken part in house- 
building projects with Habitat for 
Humanity in impoverished areas of 
Central and South America. Here and 
on the college trips to Atlanta and 
Washington, Just explains, students 
can put their faith to work. 

To recognize these people. Just 
helped establish the annual Christian 
Service Recognition. Now in its fifth 
year, 63 people among the L-R 
community have received the 

In addition to the woodworking, 
Jusf s other avocation is flying which 
he began in 1965 as a pastor in British 
Columbia. Now part-owner of a Piper 
Warrior based at Hickory Regional 
Airport, he and his wife, Helen, fly 
together for enjoyment. 

'This is something we do for fun 
and something we can share," he says. 


SUMMER 1994 

T R B U T E 

Dr. Wells, We Miss You! 

/^ n April 2, 1994, Lenoir-Rhyne College lost one of its 

most popular professors with the death of Dr Charles 
Wells. As professor of biology for 25 years, Wells touched many 

lives both in the classroom and out. His courageous battle with 
cancer served as an inspiration to all. Following are excerpts 
from his eulogies: 

Dr. Charles Wells 

Dr. Robert SpuUer, vice 
president and dean for 
academic affairs: 

Time is a strange phenomenon — it 
is so relative. Twenty-five years when 
thought of as a quarter of a century 
seems and sounds like such a long 
time! Yet, on the other hand, 25 years in 
a Mendship seems too short. So for me 
and my wife, Alice, and my colleagues 
at Lenoir-Rhyne College to have known 
Charles Wells for 25 years seems a long 
time, and yet it is just a short flicker on 
life's friendship candle. 

When I think back over these past 
years, there are so many things to 
remember and appreciate about 
Charles. I remember them with 
fondness — many are personal and 
would mean very little to others but 
they have become precious memories 
for me — wonderful times shared. We all remember him and 
appreciate him so much. 

He was one we remember as tall, a person to be looked 
up to, not just because of his height, but because he stood 
tall as a man and as a child of God; funny and witty and a 
teacher in the truest and fullest sense of the word. Lots of 
people meet classes and profess to be teachers. But there 
are only a few really great teachers, and Charles was one of 

Charles truly cared about other people. I remember 
several times he called me, in the midst of his long, hard 
struggles with his illness, just to inquire about me and how I 
was doing. He told me not to work too hard, to slow down, 
that he cared about me. 

Most importantly, Charles was our friend. What more 
can be said about this wonderful colleague than to say that 
he was our friend? Though he is gone physically from our 
midst, our love for him and our precious memories of him 
will live on in our hearts and minds forever. 

Dr. Robert SpuUer 
(left) and John E. 
Trainer, HI 

SUMMER 1994 

John E. Trainer III, who 
just completed science 
requirements to enter 
medical school: 

According to my transcript, Dr. 
Wells taught me genetics. What my 
transcript doesn't show is that Dr. 
Wells' class was one of the hardest 
classes I ever had. He would lecture at a 
100 miles an hour and excuse himself 
by saying, "if you throw enough stuff at 
the barn door, some of it will stick." I 
can testify a lot of it stuck. More than 
one of his former students has returned 
to say that his class was the most 
similar to, or the best preparation for, 
M. "^ W K^ ^^^ rigors of medical or graduate 

Wt i^m ! 4^ school. 

Mk m mA m^^ . j)j- Wells expected a lot from his 

students. He had every right to; he 
demanded a lot from himself. His door 
was always open to students. He was very approachable, but I 
remember feeling as though I always had to work a little bit 
harder to keep up with this brilliant mind hiding behind a 
country facade. 

Dr. Wells was that sort of teacher who can't stop 
educating at the classroom door. Even after genetics was 
over, I was still learning from him. He liked to share a 
cartoon of a frog trying to strangle a bird who was trying just 
as hard to swallow the frog. He explained that some days he 
felt like the frog and some days he felt like the bird. 

Dr. Wells truly epitomized perserverance. Under similar 
circumstances, a lot of men would have folded their tents and 
gone home. Instead, he stayed and taught. He fought for 
every possible day that he could be in the classroom teaching 
his students. I can only imagine the pain he endured, because 
he rarely let it show. 

I can remember days when I was tempted to slack off. It 
would have been easier to ignore a particular homework 
problem and hope that it wouldn't show up on the exam. But 
that would have been giving up. Dr. Wells was pulling 
through for us, how could I do any less for him? 

He had the courage to try to choke the life out of this 
bird that was swallowing him — or was it swallow the frog that 
was choking him? Regardless, Dr. Wells finally conceded a 
fight that he knew he couldn't win. But part of him still lives 
on in his family and a generation of students who have been 
touched by his life. 




Al Spurlock 

hat kid is a great athlete", is one of the often-used 
lines echoed around Lenoir-Rhyne locker rooms. It's a 
cliche, of course, but it certainly fits Albert Spurlock. 

Spurlock, who died this past November, was not 
only Lenoir-Rhyne's "great athlete", he was without 
doubt the greatest. These days, it's hard to find anyone 
who actually saw Spurlock play from 1924-27, but the 
stories are astounding. 

Hanley Painter, a 
former athletic director 
and football coach at 
L-R, is one of the best 
sources of information 
about Spurlock's 
exploits. Painter, a 
close friend of "Spur" as 
he was known, 
accumulated a large 
amount of newspaper 
clippings to support the 
athlete's nomination to 
the NAIA Hall of Fame. 
Not only did the 
clippings confirm the 
stories, they led to a 
quick NAIA induction. 

Take, for instance, 
the spring of 1926. Spur 
was L-R's only 
representative in a state 
college track meet in 
Raleigh. All the large 
and small colleges in 
the state were there. 

Albert Spurlock '27 

Spur won the 100-yard dash, the 220, the 440 and the 
shot put. He finished second in the discus. Single 
handedly, against teams with several competitors, his 
performance put L-R in third place! 

After transferring here in 1924 from Centre College 
in Kentucky, the Mount Cory, Ohio native was largely 
responsible for transforming the school's football team 
into a winner. After three straight losing seasons, the 

Bears put together a string of three winning seasons 
culminated by a 7-2 finish his senior year. 

Although the school didn't keep punting records in 
the 1920s, it's likely Spur would have been listed. While 
at Centre, according to newspaper clippings, he punted 
from his own end zone four times in one game against 
Georgia Tech, each punt downed inside the opponent's 

10-yard line. One boot 
reportedly went 87 yards 
in the air! 

Painter, who 
delivered Spurlock's 
eulogy, is a staunch 
believer that his friend is 
the greatest athlete L-R 
has ever seen. He also 
thinks Spur would 
downplay any such claim. 

"He was a 
gentleman," says Painter. 
"He just did everything 
better than anybody else 
and never bragged about 
how good he was. The 
things I read about him 
were unreal." 

Spurlock was 
inducted into the L-R 
Athletic Hall of Fame 
during its first ceremony 
in 1977. Between that 
honor and his graduation 
from L-R, he earned 
another bachelor's 
degree at N.C. State and a master's degree at Columbia 
University. He worked and coached football in the 
Raleigh public schools. From 1951 until his retirement in 
1975, he served as education coordinator for the county's 

Spurlock and his wife, Lassena, of Hickory, had two 
children, Jan Ketchum of Hickory and Clark Spurlock of 
Syracuse, N.Y. 



SUMMER 1994 


Legacy L 

enoir-Rhyne is particularly proud of its alumni and their 
families. In the fall of 1993, the college introduced the 
Legacy Scholarship Program as follows: 

♦ Children and grandchildren of L-R undergraduate degree 
recipients are eligible. 

♦ The award is valued at $1,000. 

♦ A student is eligible for this scholarship for up to four 


♦ Legacies are identified through the Office of Admissions. 

♦ The award is nonrefundable. 

If your son, daughter or grandchild is a rising junior or 
senior in high school, please help him or her learn about 
Lenoir-Rhyne. For more information, contact the Office of 
Admissions at 704-328-1741, ext. 300 or 1-800-277-5721. 

Fee waiver gift certificate 

In response to numerous requests for our application fee waiver, we are pleased to reinstate 
our gift certificate program. NOTE: NCAA regulations prevent the waiver of a student athlete's 
application fee. 

Gift Certificate 

The bearer of this certificate is entitled to waive the normal application fee that is 
required when applying for admission to Lenoir-Rhyne. This certificate must 
accompany the application for admission. 

Name of Applicant 

♦ NCAA regulations prevent the waiver of a student athlete's 
application fee. 



SUMMER 1994 15 

The graduation lineup. 

Bank of Granite Corp. chief 
executive officer John A. 
Forlines Jr. challenged the 
Class of 1994 to make 
today the beginning of a 
life of learning and community service 
in the ceremony held Saturday, May 14, 
in Shuford Gymnasium. 

"This world is changing so rapidly, 
we simply must continue to learn in 
order to keep up. For all of you, 
whether you are going into the world of 
work or whether you are going on for 
advanced formal education, this is in a 
sense a beginning — and that's why 
graduation exercises are called 
'commencement.' " 

Lenoir-Rhynean Editor John Vagnetti receives a 
graduation hug. 

Chairman of the board of Bank of 
Granite, Forlines serves as chairperson 
of the L-R Business Council. An 
executive with the Bank of Granite for 
40 years, Forlines has guided the small 
bank to become one of the nation's 
soundest and most profitable banks. 

L-R conferred 247 bachelor's 
degrees and 14 master's degrees in its 
103rd commencement exercises. The 
commencement also marked the end of 
President John E. Trainer's 10-year 
career at Lenoir-Rhyne. He announced 
his resignation last November to 
pursue other endeavors. 

"In whatever you undertake, bring 
to the job enthusiasm and energy and 

From left: Sigmon, Forlines, Keck, East, Arne, President Trainer 

Dr. Robert Spuller confers with Laurie Wegner 
as graduates line up in Moretz Gym. 


SUMMER 1994 

Class of '94 

be intent on doing a superior job," 
Forlines told the graduates. 

Marcia Medlin of Taylorsville 
received the First Honor Award, 
signifying the highest cumulative 
grade-point-average in the class. She 
received a bachelor of arts degree in 
elementary education. Marianne 
Roberts of Lincolnton received the 
Second Honor Award. She graduated 
with a bachelor of science degree in 

Four individuals were recognized 
for their outstanding contributions to 
the church, college and community. 
Former professor Thelma Rast of 
Swansea, S.C, received an honorary 

Doctor of Humane Letters; church lay 
leader and businesswoman Esther 
Smith Arne of Fayetteville was awarded 
an honorary Doctor of Laws; while 
Lutheran pastor the Rev. David R. Keck, 
Sr. of Southern Pines received an 
honorary Doctor of Divinity. Newton 
attorney and retired L-R trustee Jesse 
Sigmon was given the Trustee Award 
to commemorate his many years on the 
board and service as college attorney. 

The Rev. Dr. Boyce Whitener '57 of 
Greensboro, mission director for 
outreach for the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church in America, delivered the 
baccaulaureate address. 

Roger Peters receives congratulations from 
John A. Forlines, Jr 


with Kelly Johnson 

Lynn Moretz received a degree in psychology. Her 
accomplishment was noted in local newspapers. 

UMMER 1994 



Man on the Moon 

Believe it or not, it's been 25 years since man's 
first steps on the moon: July 20, 1969. Where 
were you when Neil Armstrong said, "That's 
one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind"? 
We asked readers to tell us their memories of that 
special moment. 

"I'll never forget the afternoon of Sunday, July 20, 1969. On our way back from my grandmother's 
home, my father and I were anxious to get home to watch the coverage of man's first landing on the moon. 

"Coming through Hagerstown, Md., as was our normal route, we noticed an incredible amount of 
smoke pouring from the center of town. Once within sight, our hearts sank to our stomachs to see our 
church, St. John's Lutheran, with flames shooting skyward. 

"Thanking God and our local fire fighters, the building was saved. Two months and five days later, we 
celebrated our 200th anniversary. The fire was caused by lightning striking the steeple, although several 
skeptics thought the moon landing may have had some influence!" 

John H. Roney II, 75 
Fairplay, Md. 

'Where was I when man took the first steps on the moon? No way could I forget! I, along with other 
members, was attending a Lunar Landing Service at Lutheran Church of the Nativity, Arden, N. C. The 
theme hymn for the service was 'The Spacious Firmament on High. ' Our purpose for the service: that no 
one ever forget where he/she was when this event happened. " 

Kathleen Troutman Gragg '44 
Arden, N.C. 

Just the 



In Lenoir-Rhyne's long history, there have been a variety of legends told and 
retold about the "haunting" of RE. Monroe Auditorium, Highland Hall and 
other hair-raising high jinks around campus. Do you know any first-hand (or 
even second-hand) yarns to share in PROFILE?. If so, we would love to hear 
from you. 

Share your ghostly tales by Sept. 1 and we'll consider them for publication. 
Fax your story and daytime phone number to Public Relations at 704-328-7368 
or by mail to Tammy Wilson, Editor, PROFILE, LRC, RO. Box 7483, 
Hickory N.C. 28603. 


SUMMER 1994 


Lenoir-Rhyne, as a member of 
the NCAA, is responsible for 
ensuring its student athletes, 
faculty, staff, alumni and friends abide 
by NCAA regulations. This is the 
second of a series of articles to orient 
you to NCAA rules. While the college is 
proud to have continued interest in its 
athletic programs, we strive for 
excellence and must seek the highest 
standard of ethical conduct. 

If you have questions, contact Bob 
Heller in the athletic department, P.O. 
Box 7356, Hickory, N.C 28603, or 
call 704-328-1741, ext. 131. 

You are a "representative of 
athletic interest" if: 

□ you are or were ever a 
member of any of the sport 
support groups including Piedmont 
Educational Foundation. 

□ you have ever donated to L-R 
men's or women's athletic 

□ you have ever helped arrange 
or provided summer employment 
for enrolled student athletes. 

□ you have ever contacted 
(phone, letter, in person) a high 
school student in grades 9-12, to 
encourage the student to 
participate in L-R athletics. 

A "prospective student 

athlete" is a person who is in 

grades 9-12. However, it is possible 

for younger students to be 

prospects, so it's wise to treat all 

athletes as prospects. 

SUMMER 1994 


New rules of the game 


♦ feel free to attend high school and community college athletic 

♦ continue established family relationships v^ith friends and 
neighbors as long as they are not made for recruiting and are not 
initiated from L-R coaching staff members. 

♦ feel free to attend a public event attended by prospects. 

♦ send to the coaching staff nev^spaper clippings or information 
about prospects. 

♦ feel free to offer assistance to the coaching staff v^ho are recruiting 
in your community. 

♦ arrange for a prospect, their relatives or friends to receive money or 
financial aid of any kind. 

♦ provide anything for a prospect, relative or friend v^ithout first 
checking with the Athletic Department administration. 

♦ make contact v^ith a prospect or their family on or off campus. If a 
prospect approaches you off campus, suggest that he/she contact 

the head coach of his or her sport. 

♦ transport, pay or arrange to pay for transportation of a prospect, 
relatives or friends to campus or elsewhere. 

♦ provide room and/or board, transportation or any other benefit to a 
recruited student-athlete during the summer prior to enrollment 

for fall classes. 

♦ entertain high school, prep school or community college coaches at 
any location. 

♦ provide tickets or transportation for high school, prep school or 
community college coaches at any location. 

♦ entertain or provide free or discounted tickets to any L-R home or 
away athletic or non-athletic event for prospects, their relatives or 

♦ contact an enrolled student-athlete at any institution trying to 
encourage transfer and participation in our athletic program. 

♦ pay or offer to pay registration fees for summer sports camps. 

♦ contact the prospect's coach, principal or counselor for the purpose 
of evaluating the prospect. You are not permitted to pick up films 

or transcripts from their school. 

♦ invite selected junior or senior high school or community college 
prospective student-athletes to alumni events. 


Barnes breaks 
into ACC 
at Clemson 

"I just wanted to be a high school coach and teacher," 
said Barnes. "When a friend and I went to the ACC 
Tournament in 1978, that's when I knew I wanted to coach at 
that level. It's really exciting to be returning to the area and 
to be a part of the Clemson family." 

"This is as close as I can probably get to Hickory," said 
Barnes, whose wife, the former Candace Rhyne 
(granddaughter of Daniel E. Rhyne, the "Rhyne" in Lenoir- 
Rhyne) , is also from Hickory. 'There are so many people in 
Hickory I'd like to thank because I've been awfully lucky." 

Barnes' path to the ACC began at L-R where he had a 
productive four-year career, most of it as a valuable reserve 
off the bench. One of his college teammates was John Lentz, 
the Bears' current coach. 

Barnes is quick to point out that he has learned his 
basketball from a number of people, including his former 
teammate. "John taught me intensity and that quality time in 
preparation is more important than quantity preparation," 
said Barnes. "I watched him progress from an unknown 
player to conference player of the year. He took me under his 
wing and we worked hard together. He is so competitive. I 
knew then and I know now that he will be successful." 

Barnes began coaching at North State Academy 
immediately upon graduating from L-R. He served as an 
assistant coach at Davidson, George Mason, Alabama and 
Ohio State. Barnes returned to George Mason in 1987 as the 
school's head coach. After a 20-10 season there, he was 
tabbed at Providence as its head coach in 1988, despite being 
a head coach for just one year. 

Barnes recorded a 108-76 record in six seasons at 
Providence and took the Friars to three NCAA tournaments 
and two NIT's. Providence was 20-10 and won the Big East 
Tournament this year. 

"I don't know how I got the Providence job," said Barnes. 
"At the time I was not the right man for it, but we got the job 
done. That is not the case here at Clemson. I am the right 
man for the job." 

It won't be long until Barnes will be matching wits 
against a new group of coaching legends. In the Big East, it 
was the likes of John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca, and Jim 
Boeheim. In the ACC, he will coach against someone he 
grew up watching. Dean Smith. 

"I am beyond being caught up in coaching match ups," 
said Barnes while downplaying the first time he meets Smith 
in an ACC game. "Once we get going, Clemson and winning 
are all I will think about. I will admit I thought about those 
kinds of things as a young coach in the Big East." 

Barnes will be going into his first set of ACC games with 
a number of question marks. He has no returning starters. 

P R F L E 

I t's not Interstate 40, but it's close. 
It's not in North Carolina, but it's close. 

Instead, it is Interstate 85 in South Carolina. . . Clemson University, in the Atlantic 
Coast Conference (ACC) , a conference Rick Barnes '77 said he wanted to be coach 
in someday. 

Barnes, a Hickory native who played basketball at Hickory High School and at 
Lenoir-Rhyne, was named head basketball coach of the Clemson Tigers in late 
March, succeeding Cliff Ellis. Although he grew up just west of Tobacco Road on 
Interstate 40 and naturally followed the "Big Four," Barnes is thrilled about his 
future in Death Valley. 

Hampering him and his staff in recruiting their first class are 
a number of limitations — including only two home recruiting 
visits handed down by the NCAA 

Although the penalties come to an end this year, the 
bigger challenge, according to many, is to raise the school's 
basketball profile. Right now, many have the perception 
Clemson is just a "football" school. Barnes lights up when 
discussing meeting this challenge. 

"Why can't we get it done at Clemson the way everybody 
wants it done?" Barnes asks. "Us being called a football 
school is a misconception. The school does not want to be 
second class in anything. Almost every sport here is success- 
ful. It can be done. I really don't think Clemson is any 
different than somewhere like Fayetteville, Ark. They used 
to be regarded as a 
'football school'. You don't 
hear that anymore." 

Barnes' return to the 
South will likely lead to 
more excursions to 
Hickory and Lenoir- 
Rhyne. He has indicated 
he will scout high school 
talent in the area along 
with planning more 
"family-type" visits. 
"I grew up with 
Lenoir-Rhyne," said 
Barnes. "It just seemed 
like I was always there. 
Back then. Hickory High 
played its games there. I 
watched Lenoir-Rhyne. It 
just seemed natural to be 
there. A number of my 
closest friends today, 
people like Rocky Costa 
and Reid Pollard, are 
Lenoir-Rhyne people." 

While a number of people have helped Barnes, it is also 
clear that he has made the most of his opportunities. 

"We took chances to get here," said Barnes. "I can still 
remember us packing everything we had in a truck and 
leaving Hickory. In fact, I can remember our mattress falling 
out of the truck. It has been worth it and I hope this is the 
last move." 

That falling mattress seems to have been the last thing to 
have gone wrong in Barnes' journey to the ACC. He is living 
out a dream and returning home — a nice "last move." 

Rick Barnes at Clemson press 
conference announcing his selection 
as head coach. 


SUMMER 1994 


Annual Fund 
sets new record 

iving to the Annual Fund (former 
Loyalty Fund) set an all-time high of 
$475,410 May 31, according to Sylvia 
Bajorek, director of annual giving. 

The new record surpasses the 
previous mark of $405,568 set a year 
ago. The Annual Fund, which includes 
unrestricted monies for operating 
expenses, runs concurrently with the 
college fiscal year, June 1 - May 31. 

"We are extremely pleased with the 
response this year," said Bajorek, noting 
that alumni participation has increased. 
Participation is vitally important in 
soliciting support from foundations. 
"We must first show that our own L-R 
family supports the college before we 
can ask others to support it," she said. 

Bajorek has been assisted this year 
by Frances Rhyne Daily '43 of 
Greensboro as annual chairperson. 
Serving on the steering committee have 
been John A. Forlines, Jr. of Granite 
Falls, Margery Owsley, Peggy Goodman 
and Forrest Gaines of Hickory; Ken 
Sides of Sherrills Ford, David 
Misenheimer and Neill McGeachy, Jr. of 
Charlotte; Mickey Dry of Winston- 
Salem, Steve Carter of Pinehurst, 
Madeleine Dassow of Greensboro and 
Randy Frye of Union, Ky. 


McGovern at I^R 

ormer U.S. Senator (ieorge McCiovern was here March 
22 to address issues of the Middle East. McGovern, who 
heads the Middle East Policy Council, was keynote speaker 
during a day-long workshop for teachers and others 
conducted by Audrey Shabbas of the Arab World and Islamic 
Resources and School Services. 

The policy council serves to educate the public on various 
issues concerning the Middle East. The conference was 
sponsored by F'uad Rihani, a Jordanian native and current 
resident of Hickory, who is a member of the council. 

Auntie Em! Auntie Em! 

A severe storm in early June littered the campus with downed trees, including this one near 
RE. Monroe Auditorium. Preliminary damage estimates were at $5,000. 

Business Council honors George 

boyd George, chairman of 
the board, president and CEO 
of Alex Lee Inc., has been 
named Business Leader of the 
Year by the L-R Business 
Council. Alex Lee subsidiaries 
include MDI, IFH and Lowe's 
Food Stores. 

George is active in many 

civic, church and community 

affairs and is a member of the 

L-R Board of Trustees as well as 

the boards of several local 

businesses including Frye 

Regional Medical Center. He 

was the second in his family to 

receive the award. His father, 

the late G. Lee George, was 

Business Leader of the Year in 

Dr. Trainer with Boyd George (right). 

SUMMER 1994 



Professors Emeriti 

etiring professor Ted Thuesen 
and retired professor Thelma Rast were 
designated professors emeriti in March 
by the Board of Trustees. Thuesen is 
leaving his post in the sociology 
department after 27 years. Rast retired 
last year after 47 years in the music 



Top faculty, staff 
awards told 

Ur. Robert Eckard and Dr. John Bisbee received top faculty 
accolades during Honors Day on May 4. Eckard, professor of Spanish, 
was named the Raymond M. Bost Distinguished Professor, while 
Bisbee, professor of biology and department chair, received the 
Roediger Distinguished Service Professorship. Both awards are given 
annually to respected faculty members. 

Meanwhile, a new nonfaculty award, Employee of the Year, 
recognized Linda Suggs for her positive spirit, flexibility, dependability 
and promotion of the college mission. She is secretary to the vice 
president for institutional advancement. The 1994 Hacawa was 
dedicated to Jean Beaver, secretary to the vice president and dean of 
academic affairs. She has served the college for 18 years. 



Curtis Paul surveys the stacks. 

Transfers easier 

1 ransferring credits to L-R 
became easier v^hen the Faculty 
Assembly approved a nev^ 
general studies concentration in 
applied science, a B.S. degree. 
Under the nev^ degree, students 
who already hold an associate of 
applied science from a regionally 
accredited two-year college can 
transfer to L-R with 64 semester 

library upgraded 

arl A. Rudisill Library will computerize its card catalogue this summer and 
become part of a national network allowing users to access articles published in 
more than 16,000 journals. Thanks to a grant from the Charles E. Culpeper 
Foundation, the card catalogue will be replaced with computer terminals to access 

According to learning resources director Curtis Paul, L-R is among several 
area colleges to benefit from a $300,000 grant to the Mountain College Library 
Network. Others include Warren Wilson, Mars Hill, Brevard, Montreat Anderson, 
Lees-McRae and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. 

Two join Lenoir-Rhyne staff 

ohn D. Huss 74 and Teri C. 
Lemons have accepted positions as 
director of alumni and parent relations 
and director of major gifts, respectively. 

Huss, who fills the vacancy of Patti 
Whitener, will manage alumni records 
and chapter development as well as 
various programs relating to alumni and 
L-R parents. He is a former U.S. Army 
major and holds an M.A degree in 
business administration from 
Appalachian State University. He also 
graduated from the U.S. Army 
Command and General 
Staff College. 

Huss and his family 
are relocating from 
Columbia, S.C, where 
he has been working as 
a stockbroker and 
financial planner. 

Lemons, as 
director of major gifts, 
will track and cultivate 



major gifts and oversee the grants office. 
She will also work with foundations and 
be the staff liaison to the Board of 

She is a graduate of Greensboro 
College and Elizabeth City State 
University and received an M.A. Ed. 
from East Carolina University. Her work 
experience includes advancement 
positions with Roanoke College. She has 
also worked with the Job Training 
Partnership Act Coordination with the 
N.C. Department of Public Instruction. 
As part of a restructuring of the 
advancement staff, 
Clarence Pugh, 
associate vice 
president, will focus on 
planned giving and 
church relations. All 
three report to Al 
Wheeler, vice president 
for institutional 

SUMMER 1994 



educators with 
Florin Pindic- 
Blaj of Hickory 
who interpreted 
during the L-R 
press conference. 

International visitors 

( Officials of the Japan Local Government Center in New York and educators 
from Chisinau, Moldova, visited campus this spring to encourage dialogue for 
possible future study exchanges and/or partnerships. 

The Japanese visitors — ^Toshiuki Otaki and Yoshifumi Fujimaki — made an 
L-R stop with county manager Tom Lundy on their tour of a Sister Cities 
proposal. The Moldovans, including 13 educators from the former Soviet 
republic, made the visit coordinated by L-R, CVCC and Little Samaritan Mission, 
Hickory. A press conference was held in the L-R TV studio. 

March of Dimes checkpoint 

Members of Delta Zeta sorority staffed the Walk America check point April 23 as an estimated 
2,500 walkers passed by campus. L-R's first-ever team, including 30 students and four staff 
members, raised $1,845 for the fight against birth defects and was recognized as having the 
highest total for a new team . Co-captains were Gennie Haring of Delta Zeta and Denise 
Johnson Smith of PR. From left are Amy Pennington ofPaducah, Ky, Kate MacKinnon of 
Brandon, Fla. and Jo Ellen Frantz of Blacksburg, Va. 

SUMMER 1994 

Jack tales 

Storyteller Donald Davis performed on 
campus in April as part of the Visiting 
Writers Series. Others this spring included 
poet Susan Ludvigson and novelist Linda 
Lightsey Rice, a '72 alumna. 

Biology, math majors 
present papers 

Six senior biology majors 
presented results of research to the 
N.C. Academy of Science this spring. 
They were among 56 undergraduates 
from more than 20 colleges and 
universities to participate in the annual 
meeting held at Davidson College. 

Presenters were Irvin DuBose of 
Cary, Todd Piercy, Wesley Reid and 
Marcia Hammond of Hickory, Chad Ice 
of Raleigh and Lisa Sease of Lexington, 

Meanwhile, two math students 
presented papers on breaking secret 
codes at the Southeastern Section 
meeting of the Mathematics 
Association of America held at Carson- 
Newman College. Presenting their 
findings were senior Beth Shepherd of 
Parkton, Md. and junior Andrea Griffin 
of Lynchburg, Va. 



14 honored for service 

Clean Sweep 

Painting, raking and cleaning were on the agenda April 8 for the first 
L-R Spirit Day. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students pitched in. 
Here, secretary Saundra Cooke and senior Ronnie Church pull weeds 
in front of Russell House. 

Five in Who's Who 

ive L-R faculty members have been selected among 
educators in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1994. 
They include Dr. Russ Benton (history) , Dr. Karen McDougal 
(biology) , Dr. Suzanne Jef fers (English) , Dr. Gail Summer 
(education) and Sarah Wallace (business) . Their 
achievements and biographical profiles will appear in the third 
edition of Who's Who reference book among the top 5 percent 
of American teachers. 

Parente' Council 

' ynn and Lynda Keziah of 
Monroe are chairing the Parents 
Council this coming year. They are 
parents of Lance Keziah, a rising 

Bequest aids college 

$100,000 bequest by a Raleigh woman has created a 
scholarship fund for deserving students. The late Elma 
Johnson Arndt established the G. Dewey Arndt Memorial 
Scholarship in memory of Mr. Arndt, a 1922 alumnus. It was 
the second bequest from Mrs. Arndt. In 1989, she established 
an endowment fund with annual income to be used at the 
Board of Trustees' discretion. 

PBL sweeps awards 

"hi Beta Lambda business fraternity captured a record 
number of awards in 18 categories at the 40th Annual State 
Leadership Conference. For the 15th time since its founding 
in 1975, the L-R chapter received the Gold Seal Award of 
Merit. L-R competed against 39 other colleges for the awards. 



ourteen individuals were honored recently by the 
college in the fifth annual Christian Service Recognition held 
at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Servants of Christ plaques 
went to Joanne and J. D. Liles of Mt. Pisgah 
Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and to faculty 
members Dr. Larry Yoder, Dr. Harold Haas and 
Helen Just. Staff members honored were Jean 
Beaver and Laurie Wegner. 

Students recognized were Cathy Drawdy and 
Daria Erdmann of Port Charlotte, Fla.; Laura 
Hilbert of Durham; Chad Ice of Raleigh, Tony Lippard of 
Salisbury, Peter Policke of Deland, Fla.; and Michele Sease of 
West Columbia, S.C. 

i Judkins Recognized 

j^- r. Bennett Judkins, associate 
professor of sociology and psychology, 
has won the 1994 Distinguished 
Contributions to Sociology Award by the 
N.C. Sociological Association. Judkins, in 
his first year at L-R, was nominated by Dr. 
Carl Hand, who studied under Judkins as 
an undergraduate at Belmont Abbey 
College. The award recognizes 
excellence in teaching, service, scholarly 

activity and other significant work in the field. 

Judkins' book. We Offer Ourselves as Evidence: Toward 

Workers' Control of Occupational Health, was published in 1986 

and chronicles his work in the black and brown lung 



Karen Littlecott, a junior from Lake Mary, Fla. , on the set of Bear 

Broadcasting excellence 

he L-R chapter of International Television Association 
was one of three in the nation to be named a Student Chapter 
of the Year finalist. Other finalists were Ball State University 
of Indiana and Ferris State University in Michigan. 

ITVA serves TV and video professionals worldwide. 
Chapters are chosen based on several attributes including 
programs, membership and public service. "Bear Facts," an 
L-R produced news program, is one activity of chapter 
members. It airs on Catawba Valley Cable TV and WHKY. 

SUMMER 1994 


Thirty-three members of the Class of '44 gathered for their 50th reunion on Alumni Day and 
presented a gift of $10,400 to the Annual Fund. The money, raised by soliciting individual class 
members, will be used where needs are greatest. 


Dr. Luther 
Stirewalt, Jr. '34 of 
GOLDEN Hillsborough has 
VTTAl?^ written "Studies in 
Ancient Greek 
Epistolography, " 
issued by the Society of Biblical 
Literature. He is professor 
emeritus of Trinity Lutheran 
Seminary, Columbus, Ohio... Dr. 
DuBose Egleston '37 of 
Rockbridge, Md., had a household 
hint published in the syndicated 
column, "Hints from Heloise." 

with Belk Stores Services and 
author of four personnel 
management books. ...Ella Keller 
'48 is retired and living in Granite 
Falls and has served on the 
Southern Baptist Home Missions 
Board in Atlanta. ..Donald L. Hovis 
'49 of Lincolnton retired after 35 
years with Nationwide Insurance. 



The Rev. Dr. Leslie 
Conrad, Jr. '41 of 
^ /| ^ Richardson, Texas, 
Tt V-/ w authored seven 
sermons for the 
Pentecost season in the March 
issue of The Clergy Journal. ..Ray 
Killian '48 retired after 44 years 

Peggy Wheeler 
Schnedl '50 of 
^T f » ^-^ Southern Pines 
%J \J J^ retired after 

teaching for 28 
years in Moore 
County schools... Rev. Paul Beatty 
'53 was appointed the pastor at 
Reformation Evangelical Lutheran 
Church, Taylorsville, in 
January. .Charlie Wyant '51 of 
Newton, retired from Fred T. Foard 
High School as principal. He 

chairs the Catawba County School 
Board. ..Billie Sue Brown Hollar 

'56 and husband, Emery '55, of 
Lexington both retired on March 1. 
Billie Sue was media coordinator 
for the Lexington City Schools. 
Emery was a professor of Spanish 
at Davidson Community 
College.. .Mary Jane Rhoney 
Wyant '58 of Newton, retired 
Maiden High School business 
teacher, established her own realty 
company working out of her 
home.. ..Rev. Dr. Edgar Trexler '59 
of Chicago received an honorary 
doctor of divinity degree from 
Wittenberg University. He edits 
The Lutheran magazine. ...Robert T. 
Watkins '51 has retired as senior 
vice president-marketing of Public 
Service Company of N.C. in 
Gastonia...Dr. Gerald Troutman 
'56 is leading one of the nation's 
oldest media ministries, having 
recently been elected chairman of 
the board of trustees of the 
Protestant Radio and Television 
Center in Atlanta. He is regional 
representative of the ELCA's 
Division for Ministry and 
Department for Synodical 
Relations and director of resource 
development for Lutheran 
Ministries of Georgia. 


Rev. Dr. Edgar Trexler 

SUMMER 1994 

Robert T. Watkins 

Dr. Gerald Troutman 

Rev. David R. 
Keck '60 of 
^y /'^ -^ Kannapolis is the 
\J \J J^ new pastor of Our 
Saviour Lutheran 
Church. He and 
his wife, Diana have three 
children; David, a student at 
Southern Seminary; Charlotte 
Karriker, a student at East Carolina 
University's medical school; and 
Frances Patterson, a teacher in 
Kannapolis. He was also awarded 
an honorary Doctor of Divinity 
degree by L-R on May 24....Loyd 
Hoke, Jr. '60 of Conover retired in 
July after 33 years at St. Stephens 
High School as an English teacher 


P R F L E 

and department head. Loyd also 
coached the cross country - track 
team for 15 years with a 412-116 
record. He holds the state 
marathon record (2:59.17) for the 
50+ age group, which he set, in the 
1990 Charlotte Marathon. Loyd 
also chairs the board of trustees of 
the Catawba County library 
system... The Rev. James Peper '64 
is pastor /developer of a mission 
congregation, Messiah Lutheran 
Church near Savannah, where he 
and wife, Kala, live. They have 
tliree children, Karen, 23; Wes, 16; 
and Jamie, 9. ..Jim Morrison '64 of 
Randolph, N.J., retired from the 
Air Force in 1988 and became a 
stock broker with Dean Witter 
Reynolds. He invites friends and 
classmates to "call when visiting 
New York for a tour of the Stock 
Exchange". ..Kay Bowman 
Schmucker '64 of Hickory was 
recognized by Prudential Real 
Estate as one of 500 agents 
honored for The President's Circle. 
Kay has, since 1980, been 
Prudential / Hedrick-Mitchell's top 
producer and recently was 
honored by her local company as 

top producer for 1993. ..David 
Barlow '67 of Lenoir has been 
appointed to the N. C. State Bar 
Council. ..Michael Campbell '67 of 
Stafford, Va., received the 1993 
Distinguished Educational 
Leadership Award for Prince 
William County. Michael was 
selected from the 17 award 
recipients to speak at the awards 
ceremony in Washington. He is 
the principal at Potomac Senior 
High School in Dumfries, 
Va... .Nancy Carpenter Zachella '68 
of Athens, Ga., has been appointed 
administrative director for the 
National Office of Safe Campuses 
Now.... James Fowler, Jr. '69 of 
Kannapolis is a fifth-grade teacher 
who has spent his entire 23-year 
teaching career at Fred L. Wilson 
Elementary School... Judy Sloop 
Frye '69 of Richardson, Texas, is 
the director of children's music 
ministries at Axe Memorial United 
Methodist Church in 
Garland. ..Barry Hastings '69 of 
Chicago was named vice chairman 
of Northern Trust Corporation and 
The Northern Trust Company of 
Chicago. Barry continues to head 

Elizabeth is the daughter of the late 
Dr. Voigt R. Cromer, the sixth presi- 
dent of Lenoir-Rhyne. 


Lib C. Carswell 

Class of '55 
Residence: Columbia, SC 
Current profession: media specialist 
for Chapin High School 
Husband: Robert (Bob) Wayne 
Carswell '55 

Greatest L-R experience: "Being a 
part of Playmakers. I thoroughly 
enjoyed it, especially such 
productions as Our Tozvn." 
Special notes: Elizabeth will retire 
from a 28-year career in public 
school media services. She looks 
forward to spending time with her 
three grandchildren and pursuing 
other interests. 

the personal financial services 
business unit.. .Phil Stephens '69 of 
Atlanta is CEO of Compass Retail, 
Inc., one of the nation's largest 
managers of shopping malls and 
other commercial properties. 



Nazarovitch '70 of 

71 I ^ Kings Park, N.Y., is 
V^ 3^ district controller 
for United Parcel 
Service's East Long 
Island District in Ronkankoma, 
Long Island, N.Y. George was a 
finance /accounting manager for 
UPS in Charlotte...Tony Wolfe '70 
of Lincolnton is president and CEO 
of Peoples Bank.. .Sam Zealy '70 of 
Greensboro received the first 
annual award given by the 
Greensboro Realtors Association in 
recognition of his efforts in fair 
housing... John Hall '72 of Hickory, 
is now the Catawba County United 
Way president. He has been 
involved as a United Way 
volunteer for more than 20 years. 
He and wife, Ann, have three 
children... Jane Mullen Whi taker 
'72 has been selected for inclusion 
in the third edition of Who's Who 
Among American Teachers, 1994. She 
and husband, Ed, are both teachers 
at Lake Worth High 
School. ..Robert Carpenter '73 has 
been named Gaston County 
Principal of the Year. He and his 
wife. Sue, have three children, 
Michael, Marcus and 
Candace... Connie Hastings '73 of 
Morganton is a certified diabetes 
educator at Grace Hospital in 
Morganton... Marilyn Sommers 
Havey '73 is a claims adjudicator 
for the Employment Security 
Commission in Raleigh, where she 
and husband, Tim, live...Janie 
Parks Peak '73 & '93 M.A. of 
Gastonia was elected to a three- 
year term on the board of directors 
of the Schiele Museum of Natural 

SUMMER 1994 


History in Gastonia. She is an 
English teacher at Cherryville 
Junior/Senior High School.... John 
Barr '75 was named manager of 
Dupont's Customer Support 
Center. The family has relocated to 
Kennett Square, Pa. from Houston, 
Texas... Patricia Hatcher Barnard 
'75 of Florence, Ala., is a flight 
attendant for United Airlines. She 
and writer husband, Wiley, have a 
daughter, Hannah 
Grace. ..Deborah Rhoads Brittain 
'75 of Gastonia is the state sales 
manager/assistant vice president 
for Chicago Title Insurance 
Company. She and husband, 
Jacob, are the parents of two sons, 
Jacob III and Evan Luke... Randy 
Abernathy '77 of Lincolnton has 
been promoted to vice president of 
national accounts for Carolina 
Freight Carriers Corp. He has been 
recognized internally by Carolina 
Freight Carriers Corp. for his 
active participation in the Quality 
Improvement Process and for 
providing outstanding customer 
service. Randy has two daughters, 
Audra and Alaina...Tom Lekavich 
'77 of Houston, Texas, is a technical 
sales specialist with Storz Surgical 
Equipment in Texas... William O. 
Zavertnik '77 of Akron, Ohio, was 
promoted to divisional vice 
president of Chi-Chi's Mexican 
Restaurants. He and wife, Mary 
Kay, have two daughters, Morgan 
and Mary Ann. ..Cindy Bettis 
Borders '78 of Shelby is president- 
elect of the North Carolina 
Association for the Advancement 
of Health Education. She has an health education and has 
served as director of health 
education for the Shelby City 
Schools and the Kings Mountain 
District Schools for the past seven 
years. Cindy and husband, Steve, 
are celebrating 17 years of 
marriage and have two children — 
Ben and Brandy. 


From left: Dr. Trainer, Alice Trainer, Betty Blackburn, Paul Lutz 

Alumni Day Highlights 

Dr. Paul Lutz '56 was named 1994 Distinguished Alumnus during 
Alumni Day festivities on April 30. Lutz, a professor at UNC- 
Greensboro, is known for his research investigating the ecology of aquatic 
insects and has authored nearly 100 publications, including two books. He 
has also held leadership roles within the E.L.C.A. 

Also receiving awards: Alice Trainer, wife of former President Trainer — 
Service to the College and Betty Blackburn '52 of Maiden — Service to the 
Community. Former President Trainer was honored with a resolution of 
appreciation for his 10 years of service as college president. 


Barefoot '80 is an 

eighth grade social 
studies teacher in 
Simpsonville, S.C., where she lives 
with husband. Rowdy, and two 
sons, Carson and Evan.. .Sandy 
Sifford Cano '80 teaches nursing 
at UCLA. She and husband, Gary, 
a sales representative for Anheiser- 
Busch, live in Los Angeles, with 
their daughter, Lucy... The Rev. 
Paul Gossman '80 and Priscilla 
Miller Gossman '81 are moving to 
Peru, to serve with World Mission 
Prayer League, an independent 
Lutheran mission society. After 
language and culture study, they 
will settle in Ciclayo and will work 
with the poor. For the past four 
years, Paul has worked on his 
Ph.D. in intercultural studies at 
Trinity Evangelical Divinity 

School, Deerfield, 111., while 
serving as pastor of St. John's 
Lutheran in Elgin. ..Samuel 
Nichols Jr. '81 has been named 
manager of retail banking at First 
Citizens Bank in Morganton. He 
and his family live in Morganton. 
...Barry Redmond '81 is now 
principal of West Iredell Middle 
School. In addition to the Principal 
of the Year honor, Redmond won 
the PEP Fellow Award at the 
Principal's Executive Program at 
the UNC- Chapel Hill in June 1993. 
He and wife, Katrina , have two 
daughters, Kaley Elizabeth and 
Kara Rose and reside in 
Statesville...Karol Kinard Kimmell 
'81 of Avondale Estates, Ga., is a 
music teacher at The Glenn School 
for Young Children on the Emory 
University campus. She sings in a 
baroque ensemble, 
CAMARATI... Brian Swajkoski '82 

SUMMER 1994 


of Hickory is a technical services 
specialist for Polymask 
Corporation, a new joint venture of 
3M and Sealed Air Corporations. 
Brian is responsible for the western 
US, Canada and Mexico, and 
works out of Conover...Dr. Reggie 
Parlier '83 has joined the staff of 
Gaston Memorial Hospital. He 
completed his medical degree at 
Duke. ..Susan Moss Arnold '84 
M.A. of Greensboro is alumni 
relations assistant at Catawba 
College. She and husband, Robert, 
have one daughter, Kimberly, a 
senior at Catawba. ..J. Chris 
Barringer '84 of Hickory and wife, 
Melissa, moved into a new home 
in Havenwood with their two 
children, Justin and Holly. Chris, a 
scratch golfer, has directed the 
annual Mike Mallan Memorial 
Golf Tournament for seven years. 
Over the past 17 years, this event 
has raised over $30,000 for the 
fund. ..Robert '85 and Regina 
(Martin '85) Lutz live in 
Cherryville. Robert was named a 
partner in the law firm of Yelton, 
Farfour, McCartney & Lutz in 
Shelby. Regina is a physical 
therapy assistant at Cleveland 
Memorial Hospital in 
Shelby... Navy Petty Officer 2nd 
Class Timothy J. Naumann '85 is 
serving aboard the submarine 
tender USS L.Y. Spear, based in 
Norfolk, Va...Laureen Tonnesen 
Wacenske '86 and husband, Jeff 
'85, live in Raleigh where she 
teaches social studies and peer 
counseling at the high school level 
and is in charge of Christian 
education at their church. Jeff was 
promoted by the Raleigh Police 
Dept. to their SWAT team in 
January.. .Penni Robbins Robinson 
'86 graduated in May 1993 from 
Western Carolina University with a 
M.Ed. She is a social studies and 
English teacher at East Yancey 
Middle School in 


Burnsville... David Allen Charlton 
'86 is pastor of youth and family 
ministry at Immanuel Lutheran 
Church in Palm City, Fla., where he 
lives with his wife. Dona 
Jean... Danny Seaver '87 has been 
invited for inclusion in the 16th 
edition of Men of Achievement . He 
lives in Hickory with his wife, 
Elaine, and children, Emily, 
Charlton and ErroL. .Michael '88 
and Carolyn (Blossom '91) 
Shackelford moved to Columbia, 
S.C., where Michael attends the 
Lutheran Theological Southern 
Seminary and Carolyn teaches 
kindergarten. She also is finishing 
requirements for an M.A. in 
education at Western Carolina 
University... Carol Bauerlein 
Stefunek '88 of New Windsor, 
N.Y., recently completed a master's 
program and teaches first grade in 
Pine Bush, N.Y... Brian Mark '89 
and Catherine Duggan '88 have 
returned from Pakistan and are 
living in Houston with their two 
children, Matthew and Keri... Chris 
Copley '89 was promoted to P & D 
manager by Roadway Package 
Svstem and transferred to 
Greenville, S.C. His wife, Beth 
(Eslinger) '89 is teaching in 
Greenville County Schools. ..Greta 
Roach '89 is the new marketing 
director for American Associated 
Companies, Inc. of Atlanta. ..Diane 
Barger Abernathy '89 of 
Lincolnton is supervisor - roller 
processing at The Timken 
Company in Lincolnton.. ..Denise 
Hess Mauney '89 and husband, 
Lee, live in Chicago where they are 
neighbors of Christine (Kobsik 
'90) and Edward '91 Dolan...Kathy 
Sarant '89 was promoted to 
manager at McBee Associates, Inc., 

a healthcare financial consulting 
firm. She resides in Reisters- 
town, Md. 



Todd Martin '90 of 

Newton is 
specialist for three 
group homes for 
the Iredell- Yadkin 
unit of RHA Health Services. Todd 
earned an M.A. in psychology 
from UNC-Greensboro....Chip 
Haas '91, formerly of Vienna, Va., 
is finishing requirements for a 
master's degree in technical 
theatre at Southern Illinois 
University.... Amy Elizabeth 
Horner '91 became a home owner 
in Winston-Salem. She is a high 
school and middle school band 
director in Forsyth County. Amy 
also is a clarinetist with the North 
Carolina School of the Performing 
Arts' wind ensemble. ..Kate Kautz 
'91 lives in Santa Clara, Calif., and 
is a preschool teacher at a private 
school outside San 
Francisco... Victoria "Tory" 
Williams '91 lives in Tucson, Ariz., 
and is a general sales 
representative for Quantas 
Airways. ..Kendra Holcomb '92 is 
the owner/manager of the 
Nautilus Fitness & Sports Center 
in Hickory. Her goals for the 
center include more work with 
corporations and offering fitness 
programs as well as visiting local 
rest homes to set up programs for 
senior citizens... Margie Byers '92 
was named Renaissance Teacher 
for the quarter. Recognition is 
based on professional achievement 
and success in working with 
students and fellow teachers. She 
is a guidance counselor for high 

Ring Found 

A '68 L-R woman's class ring has been found in Morganton. For more 
information, contact Norman Ross at 704-437-3191. 

SUMMER 1994 


schoolers in Statesville. She and 
husband, Jonathan, have two 
children, Jonathan and 
Crystal. .Jeanie Fohl '92 of Winter 
Park, Fla., is pursuing a master's 
degree in counseling at Southeast 
Missouri State University.. .Carol 
Ann Herbertson '92 joined the 
staff of a new^ Youth With A 
Mission base pioneering in 
Charlotte, where she resides. ..Juan 
Kincaid '92 of Morganton is a 
sports reporter for WSOC-TV in 
Charlotte.. .Lisa Mitchell '92 of 
Barnwell, S.C., is an art teacher at 
Allendale Elementary School in 
Allendale.. .Cindy Roberts '92 of 
Hudson attends the University of 
Tennessee in the mass 
communication master's degree 
program. ..Rob L. Cockrum '93 of 
Winston-Salem is in the graduate 
program at ASU in the health, 
leisure and exercise science 
department and hopes to earn a 
M.S. in exercise science in May 
1995.. .Brian D. Davis '93 of 
Hickory joined the Hickory office 
of McGladrey & Pullen, CPAs and 
Consultants. ..Matt Graham '93 of 
Boone attends ASU in pursuit of a 
teaching certification in Spanish. 



Susan Buhrow '81 

to Daniel Scott 
C^ I I O Durocher, both of 
C^ V-/ C5 Gastonia, on Nov. 

20. Susan is a 
Spanish teacher at Ashbrook High 
School. Daniel owns Dan 
Durocher Roofing & Siding. The 
couple lives in Gastonia. ..Joyce 
Carol Teague '81 to Terry Dean 
Hollar, both of Hickory, on Nov. 6. 
Terry is a district representative in 
Hickory with Aid Association for 
Lutherans. They live in 
Hickory... Judith Boggs '85, of 
Statesville to Bryan Livingston 

SUMMER 1994 

Smith of Davidson on Feb. 12. 
Judith is employed with Southland 
Packaging, Inc. in Statesville. 
Bryan is president of Southland 
Packaging and Southland 
Promotions Inc. They reside in 
Davidson. ..Judith Bowles '86 to 
David Marvin Craft, both of 
Hickory, on Dec. 18. Judy is 
employed by Dilliplane, Dabbs 
Associates. David is employed by 
the Hickory City School System. 
The couple lives in 
Hickory. .Angela Whisnant '89 of 
Newton to Richard Landers of 
Morganton on Feb. 5. Angela is 
employed by General Electric Co. 
Richard is employed by 
Wildermere, Inc. They reside in 
Morganton.... Tracy Baker '89 of 
Raleigh to John F. Gee of Lansing, 
Mich., on March 14. Tracy, a 
chemist, is employed by Triangle 
Lab. John, an engineer, is 
employed by Rhone-Poulenc. 
They live in Durham. 

'T^TJ'p Amy Cathcart to 

Stephen Swoope 
dl 1^ '90, both of 

%J yj S Charlotte, on Dec. 
18. Amy is 
employed in the lender associates 
department by BarclaysAmerican 
Mortgage Company in Charlotte. 
Stephen is employed as a process 
planner for ThermalKem in Rock 
Hill, S.C. They live in 
Charlotte. ...Susan Anthony '91 to 
Dwayne Jonas, both of 
Taylorsville, on Jan. 1. Susan is 
employed as a programmer/ 
analyst at Siecor. Dwayne is with 
Hancock & Moore in 
Bethlehem. ...Elizabeth Ann 
Hansen '91 of Belmont to Darin 
Lee Passer on Jan. 29. Elizabeth 
serves with the Air Force Nurse 
Corps, Shaw Air Force Base. Darin 
also serves with the 363rd Medical 
Group at Shaw....Katrina Barrick 
'92 of Gulfport, Fla., to Brian 
Pershing '91 of St. Petersburg, Fla., 
on March 26. Katrina is a teacher's 
assistant in the Pinellas County 
School System. Brian is a software 
engineer at E-Systems... Lesley 

What's new? 

New job? Spouse? Child? Promotion? Share the news in 
PROFILE. Write your information here, clip the page and return 
to: Office of Alumni /Parent Relations, Lenoir-Rhyne College, 
PO. Box 7228, Hickory, NC 28603. 


Class Year: 






Brittain '92 to Rodney Stallings, 
both of Hickory, on Dec. 4. Lesley 
is an RN in the surgical care unit at 
Catawba Memorial Hospital. 
Rodney is employed by Klingspor 
Abrasives in receiving. The couple 
resides in Hickory... Shannon 
Simmons '92 to Robert Ervin 
Sullivan, both of Hudson, on Dec. 
4. Shannon is a teacher at Valdese 
Elementary School. Robert is 
employed at Sullivan and Son 
Building Contractors in 
Hudson.They live in 
Lenoir... Angela Helton '93 to 
Phillip Scronce, both of Hickory, on 
Dec. 4. Angela is employed at First 
Savings Bank of Hickory. Phillip is 
employed at Harris-Teeter in 



Mr and Mrs. 
Donald B. '73 «& 
^ f\ ^ (Lorrie Silcox '73) 
f \J S Murray, Jr. of 

Waxhaw, a 
daughter, Julia 

Fayette on Jan. 10. ..Mr. and Mrs. 

Cliff (Nancy Mauney '79) Taylor, of 

Clemmons, a son, Spencer 

Norman, on Dec. 20. 


Mr. and Mrs. 

Thomas C. 
O/^^ Geocaris '80 of 
^^\^ J^ Prairie View, 111., a 

daughter, Emily 

Marie, on Sept. 
16.. .Mr. and Mrs. John (Beth 
Woolly '82) Trump of Columbia, 
S.C., twin sons, Noah and Samuel, 
on Jan. 20. ..Mr. and Mrs. Reggie 
(Diane Driscoll '84) Wike of 
Rockwell, a son, Gavin Forrest, on 
March 28.. .Mr. and Mrs. Keith 
(Tammy Jo Henderson '84) Reavis 
of Troutman, a son, Kaleb, on July 
11, 1993.. .Mr. and Mrs. Jeff (Angela 
Shirl McMurry '86) Payne of 
Kings Mountain, a son, Nicholas 


Rhyne, on Jan. 6. ..Mr. and Mrs. J. 
Mark Bruce '86 of Hickory, a son, 
Matthew Howard, on Dec. 24. ..The 
Rev. and Mrs. Jeffrey David 
Kunze '87 of Beatrice, Neb., a 
daughter, Ashley Lynn, on Dec. 
28.. .Mr. and Mrs. Allen (Lisa 
Vanderlinden '87) Cook of 
Sherrills Ford, a daughter, 
Katherine Olivia, on Sept 24, 
1993.. .Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Beth 
Westbrook '87) Robinson of 
Valdese a son, Mitchell Augustus 
on Nov. 4.... Royce and Dena 
Canipe Jefferson '89, a son, Gavin, 
born April 24. They reside in 
Harrisonburg, Pa. 



Mr. and Mrs. 
Jeffrey (Tammy 
Russell '90) Sharpe 

of Statesville, a son, 
Chase Alan, on Jan. 






Ruth O'Connell 
Kearns (approx. 

'28) of Badin, on 
Jan. 31. ..Miriam 
Tuttle Hobson '30 
of Yadkinville on 
Feb. 8. ..Rachel Emma Alexander 
'37 of Stony Point, on Feb. 
17 ...Theo R. Bowers '38 of 
Thomasville, on Feb. 16...Voight 
Mock Sink '38 of Edgefield, S.C, 
on Jan. 25. ..Ralph Leon Sharpe '39 
of Pittsburgh on Jan. 30. ..Glenn 
James '39 of Cooleemee, date 


Katherine Knox 
Ray '41 of Duluth, 
A f\ ^ Ga. on Jan 
TTV/S 19...WalterCarr 
Mauney '42 of 
Newton in Sept. 
1993.. .Glenn Harvey Hunt '42 of 
Hickory, date unknown. ..Billy 
Lewin Hottle '42 of Toms Brook, 

Va., on Dec. 14...Dan M. Poe '43 of 
Charleston, S.C, in Aug. 
1993.. .Rev. Worth D. Wise '45 of 
Hickory, on Jan. 28...Zenie A. 
Asherbraner Lutz '45 of Vale on 
Oct. 6.. .Jo Grace Russell '47 of 
Hickory, date unknown. ..Dean 
Watters '49 of Lenoir, on April 7. 


Bratcher Hadden 
Laughridge, Jr. '50 
^^ /| ^ of Hendersonville, 
%Jv/S in Jan.. .Martha 
Jean Truelove 
Petrea '51 of 
Atlanta on April 22. ..Edward 
Young Jaynes '51 of Chapel Hill on 
Feb.22... Banks Sigmon Ritchie '52 
of Hickory, on Jan. 5...0ma 
Kathleen Deal Stuart '54 of 
Claremont, on Jan. 16. ..Houston 
Blake Holsclaw '58 of Lenoir, early 
1994.. .Joseph E. Roseman'59 of 
Statesville, on March 1. 

^Tjp Iva Juanita 

1 nry Osborne Billings 
^ C\ ^ '70 of Roaring Gap 
f V/S on Jan. 9. ..Peter 
Joseph Kissinger 
'78 of Atlanta on Feb. 23. 


(USPS 446-380) 

Vol. 45 No.2 
Summer 1994 

Published four times a year 
(Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) 



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Postmaster, send address change to: 

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SUMMER 1994 

A L U M N 

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Nursing graduates gathered for a reunion on Alumni Day. 

From the 
Alumni President 

Mark Van Doren, an author of this century, wrote, 
'The experience that makes the difference in any 
boy or girl is the experience of going to college. It is there 
that thinking begins." 

This statement was 
exemplified in remarks that 
several Lenoir-Rhyne students 
made recently when they spoke to 
a group of alumni and friends. 
These young people shared 
numerous ways that our 
institution impacts their lives daily 
to develop both their knowledge 
and character. It was uplifting to 
hear each of them express the 
positive influence the college has 
on them — intellectually, spiritually 
and socially. 

Since 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne has helped generations of 
boys and girls grow into men and women. Our graduates 
have been thinkers and doers in the world's society 
throughout the college's 103-year history. 

As committed alumni and friends, it remains our 
responsibility to continue to support Lenoir-Rhyne 
College in every way we possibly can so that both present 
and future graduates continue to become influential 
thinkers and doers in our world. 

In thoughts, words and actions, we need to "Fling 
wide the red and black, sing aloud her praises!" 

Lib Carswell 

Frances Farthing, former head of the nursing department, chats with 
Helen Riser, former staff member 

Elizabeth Cromer Carswell 

Roll up your sleeves! ^ 

A Parent Association/Alumni Board workday will 
be held July 29 at the Development House, which 
is to be renamed as the Alumni House. 

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 29 
WHO: All parents and alumni 
BRING: Paint brush, scrapers 
LUNCH: Provided. RSVP to 704-328-1741, 
ext. 171 by July 22. 

SUMMER 1994 

New leaders 

Elizabeth "Lib" Cromer Carswell 
'55 of Columbia, S.C. is Alumni 
Association president for 1994-95. 
Sandra R. Cline '72 of Belmont is past- 
president, while Robert Dasher '56 of 
Columbia is president-elect. 

Vice presidents include Dorothy 
Collins Armstrong '49 and Margie 
Sutton Smith '72 of Hickory. Bruce 
Blackburn '73, also of Hickory, 
continues as secretary-treasurer. 
Directors elected were Faye Allred 
Burton '65 of Shelby, George Furlong 
'64 of Hickory, Alan King '73 of China 
Grove, Karen Ritchie Kooken '76 and 
Craig Curry Miller '72 of Winston- 
Salem, and Alice Setzler Richmond 
'54 of Durham. 




27 Women's Soccer, L-R vs. St. Andrews, 2 p.m. 


3 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Alderson Broaddus, 1 p.m. 

Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Anderson, 2 p.m. 
15 Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Wofford, 7 p.m. 

17 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. St. Leo College, 3 p.m. 
Volleyball, L-R vs. Belmont Abbey, 1 p.m. 

18 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Wofford, 3 p.m. 
21 Volleyball, L-R vs. Concord, 6:30 p.m. 

24 Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Elon College, 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Elon College, noon. 
26 Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Erskine, 7 p.m. 

28 Volleyball, L-R vs. Catawba, 6:30 p.m. 


1 Football, L-R vs. Elon, 7:30 p.m. 

2, 9,16, 










Lenoir-Rhyne Sundays 

Volleyball, L-R vs. High Point, 7 p.m. 

Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 3 p.m. 

Football, L-R vs. Gardner-Webb, 7:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Lees-McRae, TBA 

Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Catawba, 2 p.m. 

Volleyball, L-R vs. Limestone, 6:30 p.m. 

Celebrity Golf Tournament 

Men's Soccer, L-R vs. High Point, 3 p.m. 

Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 7 p.m. 

Volleyball, L-R vs. Montreat-Anderson, 6:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer, L-R vs. USC-Spartanburg, 3 p.m. 

Volleyball, L-R vs. Mars Hill, 6:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Tusculum College, 7 p.m. 

Volleyball, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 6:30 p.m. 

Volleyball, L-R vs. Barber-Scotia, 6 p.m. 

Football, L-R vs. Newberry 

(HOMECOMING), 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer, L-R vs. Mars Hill, 11 a.m. 

Volleyball, L-R vs. Erskine, 10 a.m. 

Volleyball, L-R vs. Presbyterian, 7 p.m. 

Football, L-R vs. Carson-Newman, 7:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer, L-R vs. Catawba, 3 p.m. 


5 Football, L-R vs. Mars Hill, 2 p.m. 

For more information call: Public Relations Office, 
(704) 328-1741, ext. 173. For more information on athletic 
events call: Sports Information, (704} 328-1 741, ext. 174. 
Dates anil times subject to change without notice. 




First summer session ends 


Second summer session begins 


Lutheran Women's Conference 


Martin Luther Leadership Conference 

25-Aug 13 Intensive Russian Course 


Alumni Work Day 



Martin Luther Leadership Conference 


Second summer session ends 


Summer Commencement 


Board of Trustees summer meeting 




Registration for fall classes 


Fall semester begins 


Opening Convocation with Pres. LaHurd, 

10 a.m. 



Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 

Bears' Lair 

30-Oct 1 

Board of Visitors fall meeting 



Lutheran Visitation Day 

2, 9, 16, 


LenoLr-Rhyne Sundays 


L-R Family Day 


Homecoming and Class of '69 reunion 


Fall Open House 



Aquinas/Luther Conference 


Alumni Board 


Board of Trustees fall meeting 

*all convocations are at 10 a.m. 






28-30 Summer Theatre performance, 8 pm 
4-6 Summer Theatre performance, 8 pm